Sylff Leaders Workshop provides an opportunity for Sylff fellows to deepen their understanding of differences in peoples’ values, perspectives, and opinions, allowing them to make informed decisions on important social issues and enhancing the effectiveness of well-intended actions. The participatory, capacity-building workshop aims to nurture leadership in a multicultural setting.
The workshop consists of two 8-day programs to be held in fall 2018 and spring 2019 in Japan. It will bring together Sylff fellows who have (1) substantial expertise in policy studies or policymaking and/or (2) experience addressing social issues in civil society, private companies, etc. to discuss the “Potential of Trans-border Networking in 2030” through the application of scenario planning methodologies (please refer to the Workshop concept paper in PDF).
Approximately 20 fellows will be selected to attend the first (start-up) workshop from September 16 to 23, 2018, and the second (wrap-up) workshop from April 7 to 14, 2019. The cost of participation (transportation, accommodations, and meals) will be covered by the Sylff Association secretariat (see “5. Financial Support” below).
The workshop will expose participating Sylff fellows to the scenario planning approach under the guidance of methodology experts and provide unique opportunities for interaction among one another. They will also meet top-tier guest speakers with expertise in areas relevant to the theme. At the end of the wrap-up session, participants will make presentations of their conclusions concerning the potential of networking in 2030.
The workshops will primarily take place outside of Tokyo to give participants an opportunity to experience the culture, nature, and history of rural areas of Japan. The site of the start-up workshop from September 17 to 19 is the city of Sasayama, a beautiful castle town with a rich natural landscape and old city charms located in the Kansai region of Japan—about an hour outside Kyoto and Osaka. Detailed information on Sasayama is available at the following websites:
Participants will also have a chance to visit Tokyo.